At least 10 police officers have been seriously injured in Malinya, Kakamega County after a mob which was holding a bull-fighting event turned on them.
Police say that more than 500 people were regrouping to hold the event which was not authorised at the famous Malinya Stadium.
Owing to the huge crowd, a contingent of 60 police officers, drawn from the neighbouring areas of Navakholo, Mumias West and Kakamega North, came for reinforcement.
A police report filed at Malaika Police Station says the crowd refused to heed to the officers’ orders of abandoning the event.
The bullfighting fete was against the government’s ban on all forms of gathering to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“Members of the public numbering over 500 were armed with stone’s, and clubs were incited by known bull owner/organizers 1. Geofrey Matioli and Petro njomu to attack the police officers and they started pelting the officers with stones,” reads the report seen by TV47 Digital.
Police were forced to lobby teargas at the mob in a bid to disperse them, but that did not work either.
When the police saw that the crowd was unperturbed, they decided to fire in the air but even that did not bore fruits.
“The crowd became more rowdy and followed the officers towards station as they were withdrawing back.” says the police report.
The police officers suffered cuts on their bodies, broken ribs, and head injuries. Four police vehicles were also damaged in the incident.
“The situation currently on the ground is calm and under control. No casualties reported from members of public. The injured officers were treated at shibwe level four sub county hospital and all discharged in fair condition,” concludes the report.